Phone scam warning

26 May 2016 12:34 PM

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We are currently investigating a phone scam where a man in Gateshead was targeted by fraudsters.

On Tuesday, May 24, an 84-year-old man took a phonecall from someone claiming to be from his bank saying that he was to be refunded £3600 in previous bank charges.

The scammer said that in order for the rebate to be received the man had to transfer £360 across into another account.

Luckily the elderly man became suspicious and contacted police.

Initial enquiries carried out by officers proved the call to be a hoax and no money was transferred.

Further enquiries are ongoing and officers are urging people to be on their guard for any suspicious or potentially fraudulent calls they may receive.

Never disclose your PIN or online / telephone banking log-in information or card reader codes to anyone, even if the caller claims to be from the bank or police. Remember, banks will NEVER call and ask you to disclose these security details.

If you receive a call requesting your PIN, card details or online / telephone banking log-in information, end the call immediately.

If you receive a suspicious or unexpected call, always verify the caller by taking their phone number and getting it checked independently.

Ensure elderly relatives and neighbours are aware of the fraud and crime prevention advice.

Report any suspicious phone calls to police straight away on 101.

For up to date advice members of the public can contact Action Fraud - the UK's national, government led, fraud reporting centre which offers advice, support and prevention advice on fraud including fraud types, trends and current national scams - - access via Northumbria Police web site - Action Fraud.


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